Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Creative Space...

I have had a busy week of working on Nathaniel and Kristi's wedding quilt. There have been times were I feel it's really working and other times when I have to walk away because I feel like it's getting busy. My goal with this quilt was to mix traditional log cabin blocks with some wonky blocks and use an improvisational method to create the layout. I've cropped the photo to show the width of the finished quilt which will be around 84" the length being 96". It's so big! I don't think I've even made a real twin size quilt before so this is huge to me!! When the center panel is complete I'm planning on sashing it with the yellow fabric which has little white and turquoise dots.
It was a huge relief for me when I gave Kristi her mug rug the other day and she really liked all the fabrics I chose Yay!

One week from today I will be on a plane going to the Sewing Summit!!! I am getting so excited if you have thought about going there's still time to register.

There's lots of Creative Spaces to check out here.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Selvage Mug Rug

I made my first selvage mug rug and am so excited because I came up with using selvage for the binding! I hadn't seen this before but when writing this post I searched and found it on a blog from Creative Dabbling back in 2009. I love her On the Edge selvage zig zag quilt!
 This rug is a little birthday gift for Kristi who I am making the wedding quilt for so I thought what better to do then use selvages and fabric (which she hasn't seen yet!) from her quilt. I started the rug with a center square made up of some of the quilt fabric and then framed it in selvages finishing with the selvage binding. I love my new binding idea and it was a snap to do.

It's Mug Rug Madness time again over at Two More Seconds and this time it's Holiday themed. Check it out here.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

My Creative Space...

This is block has the same green as above although it looks so  yellow in this photo.
I have been working on Nate and Kristi's wedding quilt and am having some ups and downs. The ups are that I am making this quilt the way I used to paint. I am sketching the quilt while I am putting blocks and fabric on the design board and making adjustments as I go. The downs are it's a slow process, I am getting overwhelmed because it's my first queen size quilt, and the quilt sometimes feels busy. These are some blocks the top two are around 10" and the bottom is about 22". Part of the problem might be that I want the quilt to be so special for them I think I am putting too much pressure on myself. My only feedback so far is from my husband who did give me some good feedback being an artist but he's not a quilter what do you think?

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p.s. I'll also be putting the final coat of paint on the chicken coop today we're almost done!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Chicken Update

Look how big they are...

This picture was from 4 weeks ago. I have to say I think they are very pretty and they are all named now Coco (as in Coco Vaughn), Pippy, Peepers, and Sprinkles. 

Sprinkles is mine and she flies up to the edge of the box whenever anyone comes into the room. 

My husband and I have been building the condo coop for them and it's been a huge task! We worked on it all day Friday and then while I took the kids up to Mt Hood for an overnight school activity he and my Dad worked most of the weekend. My husband is 6'5" so yes it is huge and did I mention it's in our front yard! We are really ready to move them outside. The laundry room is getting covered in dust and doesn't always smell so fresh. On the 30th they will be 6 weeks old and weather permitting will be moving out of the house.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Creative Space...

First I have my block for our Portland Modern Quilt Guild Habitat Challenge. We have all made blocks which will be revealed tonight at the meeting and then be made into a charity quilt.
 I made mine using Christina's Double disappearing nine patch tutorial and it's genius I can't wait to play around more with it!
I have also been working on Nathaniel and Kristi's wedding quilt. I started with these fabrics.
 From top left: Habitat City Planting, Bryant Park Chelsea Blooms, solids: Kona in Cactus and Mango, RJR Cotton Supreme Modern Colors # 283, and Kona in Pomegranate, City Weekend, Kaffe Fassett Roman Glass, Journeys In Flight, and Habitat Singing Forest.

This will be my first queen size quilt and you know that's really big!! Intimidatingly big! It took me a few days of staring at the fabrics, sketching, and looking online for inspiration before I finally just had to start cutting and sewing. These blocks measure 21" and will be combined with more improvisational blocks. The dragonfly print is for Kristi's dragonfly tattoo and I am getting some skull print for Nathaniel because he needs some macho for the quilt.
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Monday, September 12, 2011

Chili and Pie anyone?

Pie wreckage!
Sadly I had to say goodbye to my pie trophy yesterday after winning two years in a row. Last year my sister and I won the chili and pie contests and this year my husband and his sister won them so at least it's all in the family. It was HOT (finally!) here in Portland so not ideal for eating chili and baking pie but there was a record pie turn out of 8 7 (disqualification) and a low amount of chili's with only 6. In past years there has been as many as 18! 

This is my husbands "I'm smiling" smile 
This was my husbands third time winning and Kristi's first. She found this amazing gluten free crust on a blog that is now my favorite crust ever!! I've been making a good gluten free crust for a long time now but this is THE CRUST you wont believe it!! It's from Tara of a baking life (gluten free). 

So my creepy pie trophy was replaced with the not as creepy majorette trophy, one day they will both have a year together in my kitchen!


Thursday, September 8, 2011

We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog!

Let's talk about fabric! It's one of the things that got us all into quilting in the first place. I have been stashing a little here and there throughout the summer and had to share before I start my next quilt.

Left to right: Ty Pennington Water Flower and Wave, SugarPop, Valori Wells Wrenly Rosette, and an old favorite Alexander Henry Dagmar Plaid.

I've been wanting to get some red and turquoise to have on hand and got this group: top and bottom Paula Prass Flights of Fancy Zinnia Path and Tiled Garden. Middle Michael Miller Whimsy Tonal Doozie. 

I also won this charm pack from fellow Portland Modern Quilt Guild member Violet Craft it's her new line Peacock Lane!I love the grey's and well all the prints really! I can't wait to make something with it. 

Next up I have all the fabric for Kristi and Nathaniel's wedding quilt to share.

Also I recently changed my photo and got rid of the Creative Mom tag because I was tired of signing comments with both? Is it confusing? Will you all still know me?


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Back To School!

Two very excited kids went back to school today! My biggest hope for them is they can keep the excitement going throughout the year. If you have any tips for this I would love to hear them!

 It might not seem like a big deal for those of you that make clothes but I was so proud I replaced the broken hidden zipper on Lily's dress! Without a zipper foot yay!

See you tomorrow I'll be back to work on quilting! YES this is a quilting blog : )